These cookies are almost too beautiful to eat!

From Sandra: "I have chosen my peanut butter and chocolate cookies . Whenever I feel down, I treat myself with something with chocolate. You know that quote: Money can't buy happiness, but you can buy some chocolate which is kind of the same thing. I love these cookies, they are very easy to prepare, delicious, beautiful, and you can adapt them to any occasion just by using a different stencil."

{Peanut butter and chocolate cookies}

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Makes 16

You will need:

Cookie dough:
125 g butter, soft (1 stick)
125 g peanut butter, (1/2 cup)
100 g sugar (aprox (1/2 cup)
100 g brown sugar (aprox 1/2 cup)
1 egg
350 g flour (3 cups)
1 pinch of salt

Decoration:
250 g dark chocolate (8 oz aprox)
100 g chopped toasted peanuts (3/4 cups)

Equipment: cookie stencils
  1. Start preparing the cookies. In a medium mixing-bowl, beat the butter, peanut butter and sugars until smooth. Add egg and mix until combined
  2. Add flour and salt, mix until combined, and shape to a ball
  3. Divide the dough in two or three, and gather each portion into a slightly flattened ball.
  4. Working with one ball of dough at a time, roll it out between two baking papers to a thickness of maximum 0,5 cm. Freeze for 30 minutes, or place on the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
  5. Take the dough out of the freezer (or fridge). Use a round cookie cutter to cut out cookies, and transfer them on a prepared baking sheet. Freeze for another 15 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 ºF and slip cookies into the oven to bake for 10 minutes, until just slightly browned at the edges. Let the cookies rest on the baking tray at least for 10 minutes before transferring them on a rack to cool completely
  7. When the cookies are completely cold, it is time to decorate. Melt chocolate using the microwave or a double boiler
  8. Place a cookie, down side up, on a working surface. Place your stencil over the cookie. Pour 1 tsp chocolate over the stencil and using an offset palette knife, distribute chocolate over stencil, and finally lightly scrape the excess chocolate off the stencil.
  9. Lift the stencil away from the cookie. For best results, every 2-3 applications, clean the stencil with warm water and dry thoroughly.
  10. Dip edge of cookie into melted chocolate and then dip into chopped peanuts. Repeat with all the cookies. Let them on a cool place until set

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These cookies are almost too beautiful to eat!
Photography by Sandra Mangas

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